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Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Sun Sep 11, 2005 3:42 pm

Ok so this is my first time starting a thread cause I just got a membership... but any... I'm currently trying to plan a trip for the spring from SEA-MAN. I've flown there twice before on AC connecting in YVR, YYZ and LHR but this time I'm looking to do something different. I want the best experience for the price i.e. comfort, service, flight times etc. So my question is who would be the best to fly? UA/BMI, BA, CO, DL anything is an option. Thanks for your help!

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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Sun Sep 11, 2005 4:03 pm

I am going to throw a spanner in your plans... Why not try SAS? I did a random check and came up with a price of $685.25, which does not seem bad at all. You will be flying SEA-CPH-MAN-CPH-SEA.


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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Sun Sep 11, 2005 5:30 pm

Best transatlantic service I've had amongst AA/LH/AC/BA/VS/UA has been VS by far. But it's a bit out-of-the-way for the PNW. Agree SAS has good service - their wireless internet inflight is a bonus. If you would like an exotic flight, try SEA/SFO/KEF/Europe on Icelandair.
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Sun Sep 11, 2005 10:30 pm

Well up until recently I would say your best bet would be BMI. Their A330's are suppose to be very nice and also I think they may be the only carrier to offer PVT's from the US to MAN as most other sheduled carriers only fly the 757 or 767 into MAN direct from the US. Try avoid connecting at LHR for MAN by the way.
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Sun Sep 11, 2005 11:18 pm

May I suggest SEA-AMS-MAN ?

SEA-AMS on the fabulous A330
AMS-MAN either on a F100, 737 or F70...

And, you'll experience the great airport of Schiphol for your transfer  Smile
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Sun Sep 11, 2005 11:38 pm

If you take SAS though, remember that the legs between CPH-MAN will be no food or drink!
 
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Sun Sep 11, 2005 11:52 pm

How about sea to dca and on to lhr with united get a 744 and then bmi to man.But im a united fan lol
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 3:50 am

Quoting United905 (Reply 6):
How about sea to dca and on to lhr with united get a 744 and then bmi to man.But im a united fan lol

I presume that you meant IAD and not DCA? UA's hub is at IAD, not DCA. Although it would be awesome to see a B744 thundering down DCA's runway 19.  Big grin


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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:48 am

SEA-EWR-MAN on CO. . .

Or

SEA-LHR-MAN on BA . . .

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 7):
Although it would be awesome to see a B744 thundering down DCA's runway 19.

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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 5:05 am

Suggest you look at the LAS-MAN flight with BMI and either a locco to Las or maybe routed with United.As this is a Direct NONstop west coast to Man the flight is a good sleeper possibilty... Thye only fly two days a week.....I suppose you cannot book the Mytravel flight that also operates from MAN-LAS nonstop three days a week... I suspect this is for UK originating passengers only...Either way LAS is a great exit from the west of US to Man
 
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 8:27 am

Yea ment iad got dca on the brain been chcking flights on opodo
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:47 pm

I would go Scandinavian SEA-CPH-MAN-CPH-SEA. SAS' lonh-haul service is great, and they also offer good IFE.

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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Mon Sep 12, 2005 10:13 pm

I have to say that I would go for BA's 744 SEA-LHR service and then connect to MAN at LHR. BA's service is pretty solid.
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Tue Sep 13, 2005 6:19 am

Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm going to be taking a couple of my best friends with me on the trip and they have never been on long haul flights before. Their main concern is getting bored. I have thought about the BA flights because they are the most direct and least amount of flight time however I have issues with LHR. Is one hour enough time to switch terminals and get on the other flight without getting my luggage lost like the last time I had to fly BA LHR-MAN? I didn't get my luggage for 2 days after I got to MAN and I wore sweatpants for the trip over... let's just say that it was pretty gross having to wear the same clothes for 3 days!
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Tue Sep 13, 2005 7:42 am

Quoting QXFLYINGCOUG (Reply 13):
Is one hour enough time to switch terminals and get on the other flight without getting my luggage lost like the last time I had to fly BA LHR-MAN?

Not a hope in hell I'm afraid as you have to go from Terminal 4 (outfield) via Flight Connections Centre to Terminal 1 (midfield). However BA have plenty of LHR-MAN flights throughout the day so just catch one later, I'd recommend allowing circa 2hrs for T4->T1 connections.
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Tue Sep 13, 2005 7:01 pm

Fly CO from SEA-EWR-MAN and avoid Heathrow at all costs.
If you absolutely want to fly BA then make sure you have plenty of time for your bags to make the connection. At least 2 hours maybe 3.
2 days is pretty bad, it seems like once the bag has missed its flight it goes to a holding area and then gets sorted out at the airlines convenience.
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Tue Sep 13, 2005 10:21 pm

You could allways fly direct to man from jfk with ba.Be warned there is no ptv.s though as it,s a 767.336
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 4:50 am

Quoting United905 (Reply 16):
You could allways fly direct to man from jfk with ba.Be warned there is no ptv.s though as it,s a 767.336

But then how would I get to JFK?
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:04 am

Why don't you do:

Airline: UNITED AIRLINES
Flight: UA 340
From: SEATTLE(SEA)
Depart: 08:39
To: CHICAGO O'HARE(ORD) Terminal 1
Arrive: 14:25

***CONNECT IN ORD***

Airline: UNITED AIRLINES (operated by bmi british midland)
Flight: UA 4820
Aircraft: Airbus A332
From: CHICAGO O'HARE(ORD)Terminal 5
Depart: 18:55
To: MANCHESTER(MAN)Terminal 1
Arrive: 08:30

Returning:
Airline: UNITED AIRLINES (operated by bmi british midland)
Flight: UA 4821
Aircraft: Airbus A332
From: MANCHESTER(MAN) Terminal 1
Depart: 11:05
To: CHICAGO O'HARE(ORD) Terminal 5
Arrive: 13:20

***CONNECT IN ORD***

Airline: UNITED AIRLINES
Flight: UA 535
From: CHICAGO O'HARE(ORD) Terminal 1
Depart: 14:45
To: SEATTLE(SEA)
Arrive: 17:07

In SEA, UA will have your bags labelled all the way through to Manchester so you will not have to pick them up in ORD. Also, your boarding card from ORD to MAN will be issued in SEA as well, so there is no need to check-in again in ORD. BMI will do the same in MAN when you return.
Finally, BMI are meant to be very good on longhaul - they have the usual PTV's, free alcohol etc. Also the service is meant to be excellent. Shame the same cannot be said for shorthaul anymore!
 
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:50 am

I would definitly go for the UA/BMI itinerary. Either do the [rather good] one concorde001 suggested, or you could take a UA 777 and/or 747 by connecting to a BMI flight at LHR.

I'm currently working on a trip back to the UK for next summer (Scotland/Northern Ireland) and I'm looking at taking UA to LHR and than connecting on to BMI flights from there.

Also if UA dosen't have an itinerary that suits your needs- than I'd reccomend BA.  Smile
 
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Sat Sep 17, 2005 4:57 am

Thanks concorde001... that's the flight I was looking at... but the price has gone up now! Do you think that it will go down by the time I need to buy tickets? And when should I buy tickets? I want to go may 10th!
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RE: Who Would You Fly To The UK?

Sat Sep 17, 2005 5:54 am

Quoting QXFLYINGCOUG (Reply 20):
Thanks concorde001... that's the flight I was looking at... but the price has gone up now! Do you think that it will go down by the time I need to buy tickets? And when should I buy tickets? I want to go may 10th!

Well usually, the earlier you buy, the cheaper the fare. When do you want to return?
For May 10th most of the cheaper fares have already been sold by the looks of things. Here are the loads for SEA-ORD-MAN for 10th May:

UA340 Dep:08.30am
SEA-ORD
F9 Y9 B9 M9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 K0 L0 G0 A9 E0 U0

UA116 Dep:11.00am
SEA-ORD
F9 Y9 B9 M9 H9 Q9 V9 W9 S9 T9 K0 L0 G0 A9 E0 U0

BD706 Dep:6.30pm
ORD-MAN
C9 D9 Y9 H9 Q9 V9 W0 J9 U9 L9 B9 M9 X0

The SEA-ORD sectors don't have many cheap fares left by the looks of things. ORD-MAN looks ok, but only on the flight with the BD flight number. UA seem to have sold most of the seats allocated to them on that route with their flight number, just look!

UA4820 Dep: 6.30pm (Operated by bmi British Midland)
C4 D4 Y4 B4 M4 H4 Q4 V4 W0 S0 T0 K0 L0 G0 Z4 E0

Its looking quite tight with the bmi/UA option! Hope this helps!

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